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Powell Double Homicide Trial Begins

Aaron Powell is accused of killing his estranged wife and her friend in March of last year.
Aaron Powell is accused of killing his estranged wife and her friend in March of last year.

The trial began this morning with opening statements.

Aaron Powell, 40, had decided not to attend his own murder trial.

Broome County Court Judge Joe Cawley advised jurors this morning that the decision on whether to be there or not is Powell's and jurors should not read into that.

In his opening statement, Broome County District Attorney Gerry Mollen told jurors that Powell murdered both his estranged wife, Christina Powell, 35, who was in the process of getting a divorce from him, and her friend Mario Masciarelli, 24.

Mollen says that if Powell couldn't have Christina then nobody could.

According to Mollen, the night of March 21, 2013, Masciarelli picked up Christina for a date and they went to the Airport Inn. Powell then followed them to the bar and looked through the windows to make sure they were there. He then followed them back to the Powell's home where Christina was living on Lisi Lane in the Town of Binghamton at about midnight.

Mollen says, soon after, Powell slipped in the house and found Christina and Masciarelli upstairs. He proceeded to beat Masciarelli over the head with a baseball bat numerous times, killing him almost instantly. Mollen says Powell then took Christina to the basement where he strangled her with an electrical cord.

Police also found a note in the basement addressed to the Powell's 5-year-old son. It said that his dad and mom love him very much and to keep playing hockey and to score with his hot stick. The note also said that Powell loved Christina.

According to the D.A., there is plenty of evidence to convict Powell, including phone records, testimony from his friends about his mind-set and proof that he followed Christina and Masciarelli to the Airport Inn and then back home.

The defense's opening statement was short; just a few minutes long. During it, Powell's attorney asked the jury to be objective.

The defense also says there is reasonable doubt that Powell killed Christina and Masciarelli and that there are no confessions or eye witnesses.

The trial is expected to last about two weeks.
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